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Subject: RE: [dita-pharma] Future of the "DITA for Pharmaceutical Content" subcommittee


Dear Kristen James Eberlein,


I am Masahiro Hayashi, a member of Pharmaceutical Content Subcommittee.


We held the XML & DITA Seminar which is specialized to focus on Pharmaceutical Industry yesterday on 8/24.

Japanese Pharmaceutical company and I made a presentation before presentation & demonstration of XML tool vendor.

My friend of Japanese Pharmaceutical company  was talking about current status of eCTD (eSubmission) and old & new document comparison

for Pharmaceutical documents using XML tool.

And I was sharing about DITA & Pharmaceutical and introduction of Sanofi’s case study which was presented at ShareFEST2012 in Philadelphia.

The seminar was going successfully. Moreover, everybody of the Pharmaceutical companies got with interest very much in DITA.


I am not good at a role of a leader of DITA Pharmaceutical Content Subcommittee(PCS) because of communication(English) skill,

But I hope that I can contribute something for a while.

So, I would like to ask you to revitalize and continue PCS.


That is a small request from Japan.



Best regards,




DITA Exchange™ Wins 2012 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Award





Masahiro Hayashi

Mobile: +81-90-8478-9721

e-mail: mhayashi@tkd.att.ne.jp

Skype: mhayashi2587



From: dita-pharma@lists.oasis-open.org [mailto:dita-pharma@lists.oasis-open.org] On Behalf Of Kristen James Eberlein
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2012 9:04 PM
Subject: [dita-pharma] Future of the "DITA for Pharmaceutical Content" subcommittee


Don Day and I are pleased to see a growing interest in DITA across the pharmaceutical industry. A number of pharmaceutical companies have implemented DITA to evaluate the standard, and the Drug Information Association (DIA) included a session titled "Implementing Structured Authoring: Understanding the DITA Model and Its Applicability for Content and Metadata Management" in their annual meeting this year (see http://tinyurl.com/cxcnpbm).

At one time it appeared that a DITA TC subcommittee would play an active role in supporting these efforts. However, the Pharmaceutical Content subcommittee has been inactive for over 18 months now.


At OASIS request, we are closing subcommittees that either are inactive or have completed their work. As TC chairs, Don Day and I are considering closing the Pharma subcommittee, but before we do so, we wanted to shout out to SC members and the TC members at-large to see if there are any individuals interested in stepping forward and leading this subcommittee and its work effort.


Let us know if you have time and ability to provide leadership for this subcommittee. Otherwise, we'll make a motion to close the subcommittee at a future TC meeting. (The subcommittee always can be reactivated at a time when there is leadership and a group of committed members.)






Kristen James Eberlein

Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
Co-chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Charter member, OASIS DITA Adoption Committee

+1 919 682-2290; kriseberlein (skype)

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